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I received my first ticket, Technician, in 2000.  I enjoyed playing around with VHF/UHF and Packet for a few years.  I fondly recall running Packet with my Palm Pilot, Yaesu VX-5R, and Kantronics TNC when wireless data was far from ubiquitous and very cool. 

Dropped out of the hobby for a few years, focusing more on family and raising kids, and my other passion which is endurance sports, specifically triathlons.  My triathlon racing reached a peak in August 2008 when I completed the Ironman Louisville race (for those unfamiliar, Ironman is one-day race composed of a 2.4 mi. swim, 112 miles bike, and 26.2 mile run) in ungodly hot & humid weather in 13 hr. 13 min. 33 seconds.  For you fellow cyclists, I ride a Cervelo P2K (2004) and Specialized Tarmac SL (2007 in Gerolsteiner colors).  Both rides are equipped with PowerTap power meters (watt meters).  So I supposed I can honestly say that I know what the physical effort of producing and sustaining anywhere from 0~300 watts "feels" like. 

Through my volunteering in our local county's Search & Rescue teams, I have recently rekindled my interest in Amateur Radio.  Recently passed my General Exam, and have now been bitten by the HF bug. 

I live in the 'burbs, so unsightly towers and tall verticals are out of the question.  I run an old Icom IC-2800H dual-band VHF/UHF rig, through a Comet GP-1 vertical.  Does the trick for hitting regional repeaters.  For HF, I run an Icom IC-706MKIIG through either a stealthy Cushcraft MA6V (vertical) or full-sized G5RV (commercial version by Radiowavz) strung up (sub-optimally as result of lack of suitablably tall trees available to me) in a slightly sloping pattern (one leg about 28 ft. up the other leg about 10 ft. off the ground).  Eh, better than no wire antenna. I also have another homebrew 40/20m Fan Dipole strung very low (10 ft.) which I used before putting up the G5RV.  I really enjoy homebrewing antennas despite being a total novice at it.

I am currently assembling the components for Portable Station (to double as an EmComm "Go Kit"), which will include a 2m mobile with probably a J-pole and an HF mobile rig with Buddistick (and assorted wires), with multiple power options to include power supply, 12v battery, and solar.

QSL's direct, please (for now). Please send SASE.  Am working on LOTW, but not up and running yet.

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